The issue of dog bites and dog aggression directed at humans is frequently in the media. However, scientific research and evidence on the subject is scattered and sparse. Public and political opinions are often misinformed and out of proportion to the extent of the problem.
Dog Bites brings together expert knowledge of the current situation from a wide variety of disciplines to provide information to the many people and professions affected by this issue. Subjects range from the practical, medical, behavioural, sociological, and theoretical, but the overall approach of the book is objective and integrative.
Topics addressed include:
• the genetic basis of aggression
• the public image of aggressive dogs
• bite statistics; risk factors
• the forensics and surgical aspects of dog bites
• international legal perspectives
• court evidence
• first aid treatment
• zoonotic disease potential
• behavioural rehabilitation options
• the risk to children
• and a consideration of why some dogs kill
All contributors are academic or long-standing professional experts in their field, and they represent a wide spread of international expertise.
This issue is an important one for pet owners, vets, animal shelters, and anyone who works with dogs, such as the police. This book will be a valuable resource for them, as well as for animal behaviourists, academic researchers, health professionals, dog breeders, and handlers. [Subject: Veterinary Science, Public Policy, Animal Behavior, Animal Policing]
Daniel S. Mills was Europe's first professor of veterinary behavioural medicine, he is also a RCVS, European and ASAB recognised specialist. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and over 40 chapters and books. He still consults at the University of Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic.Carri is an expert in dog behaviour, human-animal interaction and human public health. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool where she completed her PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology and Masters degree in Public Health. She is also a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
Carri Westgarth is an expert in dog behaviour, human-animal interaction and human public health. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool where she completed her PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology and Masters Degree in Public Health. She is also a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counselors.